Fiesta set for major overhaul
The Pirtek Rally Team’s Super 2000 Fiestas looks set for an end-of-season overhaul as the team aim to make major changes to make the car more competitive in 2008.
According to lead driver Michael Guest and team personnel, the rear suspension and the weight of the car are the areas most needing attention.
The Fiesta is based on the front-wheel drive, Super 1600 Fiesta run in the UK, and has been re-engineered to take the four-wheel drive system used in Super 2000.
It is believed the rear crossmember of the car will undergo a complete redesign, while an intensive weight loss program is expected to see the weight moved a lot lower down in the car.
The Fiesta had its best result of the year at the Great Lakes Rally in NSW last weekend, but the Pirtek team were unable to test the car before the rally.
Guest and Darren Windus drove their cars at the pre-event media day, but this was the first time they had driven their cars since the Rally of South Australia in August.
“I’m excited with the progress we made this weekend. The great thing is that we are making more and more progress every time. We can now legitimately look at an outright podium result,” Guest said after the rally.